Stockholm Arlanda Airport is one of Sweden’s busiest airports, welcoming almost 21 million passengers in 2013. The airport serves as an important gateway to many major Swedish cities. It is also a major hub for airlines like Nextjet, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Scandinavian Airlines. There are four terminals in the airport: Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5. Terminals 2 and 5 serves international flights while terminals 3 and 4 serve domestic flights.
Stockholm is Sweden’s capital city with a population of almost 1.4 million residents in the urban area. Founded in 1252 by Birger Jarl, the city is home to numerous national cultural institutions and attractions such as The Drottningholm Palace, Skogskyrkogården (The Woodland Cemetery), Birka, Stockholm City Museum and Kornhamnstorg.
The airport is located approximately 42 km from Stockholm city centre. The fastest way to the airport is via trains. Take the high-speed train, Arlanda Express from Stockholm’s Central Station. The journey time takes around 20 minutes.
Located on the coast of northern Sweden, Luleå city a population of a little over 45, 000. Visit Gammelstad Church Town, adorned with iconic red Swedish houses. Many cultural events and art exhibitions are held under one roof in Kulturens Hus. Head to Isbanan, a natural ice skating rink. Drop by for an hour or two at Norrbottens museum to learn about Northern Sweden’s history.
An hour’s flight away lies Gothenburg, touted as one of the most inventive cities in the world. Every January, Gothenburg holds the Göteborg International Film Festival which is Scandinavia’s leading film festival. Other festivals not to be missed is Way Out West.
A 3-day music festival during August. Nature lovers can drop by the tranquil Gothenburg Botanical Gardens. One of the city’s main draws include Liseberg, an amusement park.
Chosen as the European Cultural Capital for 2014, Umeå is a Sweden’s hub for cultural activities. Be ferried away to the sunny island of Holmön and swim by the beaches. Every July, row boat races to Finland are held there. There are a few museums to visit in the city like Bildmuseet, Swedish Ski Museum and Vasterbottens Museum.
Do not miss out Tivoli Gardens, a fairy tale themed amusement park. For a better comprehension of the Danish, head to Denmark’s national museum. Other notable cultural institutions include the Statens Museum for Kunst and Rosenborg Castle. Drop by Langelinie Pier, home to the famous Little Mermaid sculpture.
New York, United States
For a change from Scandinavian culture, head to New York, also fondly referred to as the Big Apple. The city buzzes with attractions like Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Be dazzled by the glittering advertisements scattered across Times Square. Coney Island, an amusement park and seaside resort is also a place not to be missed!
London, United Kingdom
The busiest international route from ARN in 2013 was to the vibrant, metropolitan city of London. The flight takes around 2.5 hours. The city buzzes with attractions like the Tower of London, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. If your trip coincides with the Great British Carnival in July, go down to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and soak in the festive atmosphere.
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